The Blogger Beat: Vox Populi
The Blogger Beat goes to college this week with Georgetown University’s Juliana Brint, blog editor for the Georgetown Voice.
The magazine’s blog, Vox Populi, is Brint’s domain. It’s a site for Georgetown students and alumni to keep up with the news and events around campus—everything from sports to crime to concerts. Brint updates the site several times a day with her own posts as well as content from other Voice reporters.
We caught up with the 20-year-old California native to find out about campus life. We got her top three tips for freshmen, her take on campus architecture (Lauinger Library, anyone?), and whether she thinks the $37,536-a-year tuition is worth it. Read on for her answers.
Let’s get this cleared up right off the bat: What exactly is a hoya?
“A hoya is Abbott and Costello’s idea of a perfect college mascot—the word ‘hoya’ literally means ‘what.’ It comes from Georgetown’s signature cheer, ‘Hoya Saxa,’ translated ‘What Rocks.’ The phrase is a combination of the Greek word for ‘what’ and the Latin word for ‘rocks.’”
Catholicness of Georgetown students on a scale of 1 to 10—one being “What’s communion?” and 10 being “We go to the Vatican for spring break”:
“I’d say overall it’s at about 3 or 4. There are crucifixes in some classrooms and a fair number of Jesuits on campus, but it’s not overwhelming or imposing. Some students are very devout, and some are die-hard atheists. Most are somewhere in between, though.”
Five words to describe Georgetown students:
“Masters of academics and alcohol.”
Three reasons Georgetown is worth the $37,536-a-year tuition:
“(1) Great academic offerings; (2) world-class professors who are focused on undergraduate education; and (3) at the very least, you know you’re spending $4,074 less than your friends in Foggy Bottom.”
The difference between the Hoya, the Voice, and the Independent:
“With the exception of an embarrassing showing last year, the Voice regularly wallops the Hoya in our annual softball game. (The Independent’s not invited to play.)”
Best Georgetown sports team:
“The Voice softball team. I have also heard good things about our basketball team.”
Georgetown’s biggest rival:
“There’s no love lost between us and Syracuse. In fact, there’s a whole blog written by Syracuse fans, Hoya Suxa, that’s entirely devoted to Georgetown bashing.”
Three tips for freshmen:
(1) Don’t bring your laptop to class unless you have superhuman self-control or you’re in one of the many classrooms without wireless access; (2) there is no greater joy in life than seeing one of your pranks in the Department of Public Safety’s daily blotter; (3) get involved with on-campus organizations, but don’t go overboard with joining clubs’ listservs. You’ll be getting more than enough junk mail from the university.”
Best on-campus organization:
“Probably the Medieval Club—they have stocks!”
Best item on the dining hall’s menu:
Lauinger Library: eyesore or architectural genius?
“I’m with the Washington Post (and pretty much everyone with eyes) on this one: eyesore.”
Thoughts on the sleek new business-school facility:
“Very impressive if somewhat incongruously modern. I think the best description I’ve heard is ‘Death Star knock-off.’ ”
Most fitting and outlandish stereotypes of Georgetown students:
“Most fitting: We’re politics geeks. It makes for an interesting student government—there are few debates more heated than Student Association discussions of whether or not to use Instant Runoff Voting. Most outlandish: We all dress in Vineyard Vines and make dents in our trust funds by getting hammered six days a week.”
School you would have attended if Georgetown was off the table:
“UC Berkeley—great school, wonderful location, and much cheaper.”
Number of DC neighborhoods you’ve explored besides Georgetown:
“Probably about seven. I know that’s a humiliatingly low number—if only there were a Metro stop closer to campus!”
A place we’d be surprised to find Georgetown students:
“In prison. Georgetown has a very strong commitment to social justice, and one of the programs the University runs is Georgetown Prison Outreach, a program that provides inmates with one-on-one tutoring.”
Favorite local blog besides your own:
“It’s almost embarrassing how much I love the Washington City Paper’s City Desk blog. Mike DeBonis, if you’re reading this, the Voice misses you!”
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